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IS THERE A RISE IN IMMIGRATION FRAUD IN THE U.S? HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

Some immigration law firms in the United States have been facing a similar occurrence where scammers are using different points of contact like emails, websites, and calls.
In a certain case, a client had received a phone call from a person claiming to be an immigration officer. The caller ID showed that she was a representative of a government agency and her assertions were firm and convincing enough to fool any certified and experienced professional.
The client was threatened with an issuance of a warrant. Additionally, the client was threatened to stay on the call claiming the call was “being recorded” and therefore not hung up. If the call was to end, the police would be unable to assist. If money was paid instantly via online gift cards, the issue could be solved.
Upon revealing the incident on social media, several other scam alerts resembling the said case came up and it has been understood that the scammers are going around using three major plots to establish their genuineness and petrifying the client.
As an immigration law firm in Queens with 50+ years of combined experience
They are :

● That the client is in grave trouble with local, state, or federal law
● The solution to the problem is the payment of money but not in form of checks
● Not to terminate the call.

Here are some of the points one must remember to check in official emails from the USCIS about visa processing.

● Emails from the government mandatorily end in the domain“.gov;”
● Under no circumstance, the USCIS will send an email specifying an individual and indicating approval for any kind of visa or any other type of immigration benefit; and
● Under no circumstance will the USCIS ask for a money transfer from an individual through any means of contact ( Payments by Phone or Email).
● No government organization will ever threaten any individual over the phone, especially for financial gain.
● No government organization mandates that you keep your employees connected.
● The use of unconventional payment methods such as gift cards, Western Union, Moneygram, etc. is not required by any government agency.
● Caller IDs, emails, and webpages may all be easily made to look authentic.
● Callers like this should be ignored, and you should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. https://reportfraud.ftc.gov. Our social role is to raise awareness, and knowledge is our best weapon.
● Many educational institutions provide specific cautions on their web pages for international students. If you are a student, you should also report any similar instances to the administrators at your school.

The US State Department has issued a warning statement :
” The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program so that they know what to expect when to expect it, and from whom. ”

The government websites which are important to follow in order to stay aware are :

● US State Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fraud.html
● Federal Trade Commission:
– https://consumer.ftc.gov/features/scams-against-immigrants
– https://consumer.gov/scams-identity-theft/scams-against-immigrants
● US Citizenship and Immigration Services: https://www.uscis.gov/scams-fraud-and-misconduct/avoid-scams/common-scams

For more information, contact some of the remarkable Immigration attorneys of New York at Gehi and Associates who will thoroughly guide you through the procedures.

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Qualified Liberians may apply for EADs through June 30, 2024

A Federal Register notice has been published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the augmentation and expansion of eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians and explaining the eligibility of Liberians to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). 

 

On the 27th day of June, President Biden issued a memorandum of extension of DED for Liberians for a period of 24 months. It also defers the removal of any Liberian national, or of individual who has last resided in Liberia habitually without nationality and has been continuously physically present in the United States since May 20, 2017, and who meets the eligibility criteria of DED. 

 

Additionally, the memorandum extends employment authorization for individuals who come under DED Liberia through June 30, 2024. The validity of the validity DED-related EADs is to be automatically extended by the USCIS through June 30, 2024, for those who possess an EAD with a Category Code of A-11 and a Card that expires by March 30, 2020; Jan. 10, 2021; or June 30, 2022. Despite the passing of the facial expression date, the validity of the EADs remains unchanged. 

 

DED does not have any application. Liberians covered under DED have the authorization to work in the United States of America. Eligible Liberians under the memorandum can apply for an EAD by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The Department of Homeland Security may, in its sole discretion, grant travel authorization to persons subject to the Liberian DED. Individuals wishing to travel outside the United States may submit Form I-131, Travel Document Application. 

regulation issued by DHS to protect daca how

Regulation issued by DHS to protect DACA. How?

In a recent announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas , a final rule to fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) , a policy for specific non-eligible individuals who arrived in the United States as children, deferring their removal and allowing them an opportunity to access a renewable, two-year work permit, has been issued.

Since 2012, nearly 800,000 young people have found a home in the United States with their families, and they have grown up to serve the country’s society in a variety of noble ways.

 

“Today, we are taking another step to do everything in our power to preserve and fortify DACA, an extraordinary programme that has transformed the lives of so many Dreamers,” said Alejandro N. Mayorkas.”Thanks to DACA, we have been enriched by young people who contribute so much to our communities and our country. “However, we need Congress to pass legislation that provides a long-term solution for the young dreamers who have known no other country as their home than the United States.”

 

As based on the perennial USCIS practise and as declared in the 2012 Napolitano Memorandum ,the rule illustrates that there should be consistent judgement from the Department and to be maintained by the same three presidential administrations, and it zeroes in on the fact that DACA recipients should not be prioritised for removal.

The final rule after certain developments and replacements in the DACA policy guidance is:

 

Upholding the existing threshold criteria for DACA
Retaining the procedure for DACA requesters to seek work authorization
affirms the long-standing, prevailing policy of DACA not being a form of lawful status but that DACA recipients are to be considered “lawfully present” for certain purposes like other deferred action recipients.

 

The final rule is to be effective from October 31, 2022.

How to have a successful visa interview

How to have a successful visa interview

Obtaining a visa can be a painless process with the correct guidance and assistance but not without the correct preparation and cooperation. 

With almost 50 years of experience, we have often had our clients being unaware of the right ways to have a successful visa interview resulting in them being overwrought and panic-stricken. 

 

So here are a few tips we believe every visa applicant should abide by in order to have a smooth and successful visa interview and process. 

 

  1. Establishing ties to the native country: It is crucial for the applicants, especially Immigrant applicants to establish close ties with their home country. The applicant has to make it clear that they fully intend to return to their country of origin after their goal has been achieved and that they have the best interests of both countries. 

 

  1. Awareness of the visa program and how it is appropriate for your plans: The visa applicant has to articulate the most relevant reasons for choosing the respective Visa program during the interview and thoroughly know the path it leads to. This will convince the consular officer that you are aware of your choice and are well versed with your own plans centering the country. 

 

  1. Correct Documentation :

Documentation is undeniably one of the most integral parts of the entire visa application procedure. Thus, have all the requisite documents in order, in hand, and be prompt with all the documents you will be presenting. This helps pace the interview process which is often impressive to the officers. 

 

  1. Brief answers: With the heaps of applications the officers receive every year, they are under immense pressure to conduct a swift yet well-organized interview to arrive at a conclusive decision in a limited period of time. Therefore, brief and succinct answers raise your impression and it helps the interview go satisfactorily. 

 

  1. Speaking in English:  English, being one of the most popular official spoken languages in the world, there is a fair chance the interview will be conducted in the said language. Thus, it is advisable to learn and practice an interview session in English even if it is not grammatically up to the mark or if you struggle with fluency; just a basic grip over the language will help enough. 

 

Alongside following this advice, it is also important to be constantly in touch and under the guidance of experienced professionals. Here at Gehi and Associates, we are always there to help. 

 

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powerful legal documentary films every budding lawyer should watch

POWERFUL LEGAL DOCUMENTARY FILMS EVERY BUDDING LAWYER SHOULD WATCH

It is an undeniable fact that aspiring lawyers should establish and strengthen their legal foundation through law books, case laws, and organizational experience. But, sometimes there are legal stories that go unnoticed or forgotten amidst all the long case laws and daily cases to be worked on, which, in our opinion, should be known to the upcoming lawyers too. It can help to refresh their knowledge and perception, and it may even give rise to newer ideas that can help them find new paths.

Here is a list of some of the best legal documentaries discussing alarming legal issues. Let us know in the comment section if you have any other suggestions as well.

 

Making a Murderer

Based on the real-life story of Steven Avery, rape and murder convict who had served a 32-year sentence before being exonerated on account of DNA evidence, this documentary is enthralling and highlights the effects of wrongful conviction and evidence tampering. In short, this documentary is one that can hit you right where it should with its portrayals and storytelling.

 

Cleanflix

This documentary is for those inclined towards copyright laws. Based on the story of a movie-editing company, it deals with the rift of morality that has occurred within the company and between Cleanflix and Hollywood filmmakers for 6 years.

 

Capturing the Friedmans

A normal family was pushed into the darkness of molestation charges followed by an exacting legal battle. Sounds engaging? Capturing the Friedmans tells the story of Arnold Friedman, who had faced charges of child molestation, sodomy, and sexual abuse, how his trial ensued, and ultimately how he breathed his last in prison. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, it was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and this movie screams volumes about the importance of speculating allegations and subtly throws light on how far the American legal system has come from the 1980s to now.

 

Hot Coffee, aka The Famous McDonald’s Lawsuit

Do you remember the infamous case of Liebeck v. McDonald’s? Well, this documentary definitely paints a striking picture of the lawsuit. This documentary is based on the 78-year-old Stella Liebeck, who won a $2.7 million verdict from a globally recognized fast food chain after it had sold her scorching hot coffee, resulting in second and third-degree burns on her body. Having been recognized with stellar reviews in the Washington Post and New York Times, it is not to say that Hot Coffee is not without its fair share of criticism. Nevertheless, it is an interesting watch (special mention: Susan Saladoff, the director, is a trial lawyer herself) for everyone wishing to understand the nuances of tort reform and how there are different shades of grey.

 

Indivisible

Delving into the other, darker side of illegal immigration, Indivisible talks about families parting due to anti-immigration laws, more specifically about the Dreamers, and showcases the complexities of immigration from both the legal and humanitarian perspectives.

These are just a portion of the long list of the best legal documentaries out there which should be watched by everyone associated with the legal profession in the United States. They are certainly made with the intention of providing entertainment but with hidden messages and, in some cases, the truth of the incident concerned.

On a factual note, films and documentaries can surely give you ideas from a recreational perspective, but for genuine legal information and queries, it is best to contact attorneys and law practitioners.

At the law offices of Gehi and Associates, our attorneys are equipped to deal with legal issues with substantial experience, thereby having the ability to provide you with high-quality legal services as per your requirements.

For more information, you can directly call our law office or send an email to the addresses given below.

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BASIC OVERVIEW OF WHAT THE U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW DEALS WITH

Immigration Law in the United States is a wide arena to deal with as it encompasses various situations a person might have to encounter relating to traveling from a different country.

 

The most common scenarios and streams of Immigration Law are :

 

  • Visiting the country: Visitors of the United States often come due to the purposes of tourism or meeting loved ones or with medical needs or for social meetings or events.

They go through a process of proving their eligibility for the required visas and go through the application process. For this category, the visitors require a B-2 visitor visa.

For Business purposes, the visitors are required to apply for a B-1 business visa.

 

 

  • Employment in the U.S.: For obtaining access to employment in the United States, it is important for the employee to gain the status of a permanent resident to be able to cater to any job opportunity in any part of the country. But in cases of not qualifying for permanent resident status, they are to apply for a temporary work visa.

 

 

  • Green Card Acquirement: The Permanent Resident Card i.e. the Green Card is given to immigrants or parolees but it has some of the most important criteria to abide by in order to obtain permanent citizenship through this card.

 

It is provided mainly to highly skilled employees and employers, immediate relatives of the citizens of the U.S.A., eligible refugees and seekers of asylum, long time residents. A limited number of Green Card visas are issued and as the process is a tedious and complex one thereby only selected immigrants are eligible for it.

 

  • Naturalization: The process of Naturalization i.e. becoming a naturalized citizen is an extensive procedure with heaps of paperwork, background confirmation, interview, and testing, ending with the mandatory oath of allegiance. Naturalization comes with similar benefits as that of a natural-born citizen of the U.S. thereby this process is a popular one.

 

  • Process of Border entry: The cross-border entry rules might be a cumbersome process but the correct consultancy and the right procedure make the experience painless. The process is incorporated with the subsection of ” Border Entry Rules ” which includes all the border crossing formalities with additional border entry information. The overview mainly is applicable on
  • Lawful Permanent Citizens who are Green Card Holders.
  • Citizens from foreign countries
  • Citizens of Canada and Mexico
  • Trust Traveler programs

 

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why the dignity act is the key to fixing the immigration system

Why the Dignity Act is the key to fixing the Immigration System?

 

The world-known American culture and history have been shaped by immigration. But in spite of a major ratio of the population of America being immigrants and catering to the country’s best interests for a long time, they had not been bestowed with the most immigration-friendly rights on their plate. 

 

Maria Elvira Salazar, Representative of Miami Republic, had introduced a residency program in the form of legislation for the betterment of the immigrants of the U.S. 

 

  • The 483 paged bill by Salazar constructs a solid path of allowance of citizenship in the USA with completion of programs in over 15 years. 
  • It incorporates initiatives to increase border security.
  • It includes a program for seekers of asylum. 
  • It includes legal residential rights to immigrants who have not been documented on the authorized papers of the country. 

 

The key provisions of the act are as follows : 

  • A path to becoming a citizen for the Dreamers and holders of temporary protected status.
  •  This Dignity Act, which is a bill in relation to the Dignity Programme, gives an allowance to work in the United States for a period of 10 years. And it mandates an annual payment of $10,000 to the fund for employment training. 
  • After ten years’ tenure, the Dignity Program participants will have an option to participate in a Redemption program which will lay down the path for permanent residence and the United States citizenship. The program features requirements of
  1. i) Having knowledge about English and Civics
  2. ii) Engaging in local volunteer work

iii) Paying a residual amount of $7,500

  • Providing funds for border security, i.e., physical security technological security, alongside hiring 3,000 new security personnel for U.S. Customs and Border Protection + Homeland Security.
  • Extend the Agricultural Guest Work Programme and take care of the seasonal labor requirements. 
  • Abiding by the cause by housing asylum applicants at the border with a count of 1,700 new personnel to look into the cases. 
  • Nationwide E-verify.

 

At the end of 2021, Democrats of Congress had proposed reforms for the inclusion of immigration in a certain act termed to be Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which had precisely aimed to aid the undocumented immigrants of the United States with parole and authorization work. The BBBA also had included steps for diminishing reserves pertinent to the green card and providing certain applicants with the citizenship card in lieu of a fee. But owing to circumstances, the act did not get passed. 

 

Congresswoman Salazar with other Republicans introduced the Dignity Act, referring to it as a ” rebuttal ” to the previously planned BBBA. 

 

The most noteworthy point about this U.S. citizenship and immigration services friendly proposal is that it promises an assured future for unauthorized and undocumented immigrants while taking care of the visa programs of H-2A and H-2B during the seasonal labor phase in lieu of ordaining E-verify and Border security. 

 

the effects of immigrant visas on the us economy

The Effect(s) of Immigrant Visas On The U.S. Economy

A recent Immigration Bill Reform by President Joe Biden concerning the citizenship of around 10.5 million immigrants who are not documented on the papers has created quite a round of debates by immigration critics. 

 

Disparagers of the Immigration phenomena have posed debates of how Immigration of natives of other countries mars the status of employment and growth of the natural citizens of the States. 

During the Presidentship of Trump and the Covid-19 situation, the US had seen a rampant decrease in the number of immigrants, which gave rise to a number of problems that directly affected the economy of the United States amidst all the losses rooted in the worldwide pandemic. 

 

One of the most indispensable effects on the economy was the labor shortage. And that entailed a lesser supply of resources in markets, diminishing capacity to cater to demands, the lesser labor force in restaurants, malls, and other employment sectors, and most of all, the incapacity of industries to hire enough workers. 

 

When Biden increased the number of H-2B visas by 20,000, many criticisms were laid out; however, the US citizenship visas bear the capability to restrict unlawful entry through the borders, which can also be the reason for unfortunate deaths on an annual basis. 

 

When GDP is calculated, the results have perpetually inclined in favor of immigration visas as a surplus in immigration visas leads to an increase in production and, of course, the Gross Domestic Product. In simpler terms, the United States citizenship visas lead to booming sectors in terms of economic status, productivity, and surplus alongside a boost in creativity, international relations, and an increment of wages with more industrial profit. 

 

As everything goes in the world, even the most positive affairs have downsides to them too. Immigration visas accrue to an expenditure of a lump sum amount from the administrative sectors. Furthermore, it occupies space in the country and lowers the income of fellow workers. It is important to note that the immigration surplus does not personally profit the workers in the lower strata but as a ratio of the industry. 

 

But in the face of the greater good, i.e., the bigger profit, the downsides are mostly ephemeral and short-lived. At the same time, the profits result in a pertinent development in the industry and sector. 

 

Although the democratic country boasts of a large sector of the population being authorized immigrants, the estimation of undocumented and unauthorized immigrants is almost 12 million. 

If a certain amount of immigrants can elevate productivity, it goes without saying that a larger amount will cause a bigger percentage of increment in terms of productivity and labor strength. 

 

The immigration visas will ensue: 

  • An increase in revenues, a better livelihood for the immigrants.
  • Benefits as other citizens.
  • Large-scale labor output. 

 

When a major ratio of the population is left to be illegitimate or unauthorized, it leaves a larger risk of growth in crime rates resulting in the jeopardy of society. Accordingly, we can safely conclude that immigrant visas have both positive and negative effects. Still, as a democracy that has largely been dependent on the labor supply and productivity of immigrant citizens owing to a rich history that confirms the foundation of the development of the culture has been reliant on the immigration and citizenship facilities given out to the natives of other countries mostly for the motive of employment, immigration visas are a necessity for the furtherance of the economy and the society it is associated with. 

 

The 4 Basic Types of Travel Visas.

 

 

There are many distinct visas required when traveling in a country outside of your own country of citizenship. Travel, business, and work are the common reasons to have to apply for a visa. 

A visa to the U.S. is a document that allows a non-U.S. citizen or non-permanent resident to apply to visit the United States for a particular reason. It is a Non-immigrant Visa for temporary stay or an immigrant Visa for a permanent stay.

Below are the four main sub-types of visa 

Visa Type Description

Type #1: Tourist visa

Type #2: Immigration and naturalization visas (including by marriage)

Type #3: Student visas 

Type #4: Business or work visas 

Type #1 – Tourist or Business Visa Requirements: 

When talking about tourist or business visas, a non-immigrant visa is for a temporary stay for work purposes or holidays, such as attending a conference, touring a destination, or visiting a family member. You can apply for two types of Visas: B-1/B-2 visa. 

B-1 for business associates travel for a scientific, professional, business convention, educational, or conference on specific dates.

B-2 for recreational travel such as tourism, visits with friends and family, medical treatment and activities, social or service activities.

Type #2 – Immigration Visa 

An immigration visa permits another person to stay in a country permanently. This is closely related to the naturalization and citizenship process; the citizenship process, also known as naturalization, is the last step in becoming a full citizen of the U.S. (Note: Go to www.gehilegal.com to study and prepare for your U.S. Citizenship)

Green Card holders should sit tight five years before applying for citizenship. There are different ways to get an immigrant visa through family, employment, investment, the diversity lottery, refugee or asylum status, the Registry, and the director of the CIA.

Type #3 – Student Visa

A student visa (F or M) is required to study in the United States. A student visa is also a non-immigrant visa.

Any foreign national studying in the U.S. will need a U.S. F and M Student Visa. This visa includes the group of visas for academics and educational experts going offshore for particular work trips. 

These types of visas are considered J visas, which might also be considered work visas.

Type #4 – Work Visa 

If you have a good education, skills, and work experience, you may be able to work permanently in the United States by looking for an employment-based immigrant visa.

Some immigrant visa inclinations expect you to have a job offer from a U.S. business. This job will be considered your sponsor. 

Many different types of work visas exist,

E,H,L,O,P,I,TN/TD,J,

Each country wants to ensure that its citizens have priority for the jobs available in that country. Each employment-based visa category contains its requirements for the employment-based visa applicant and their potential employer.

The process of obtaining a visa can be time-consuming and challenging. If you require any assistance from an immigration attorney, consider working with a professional law firm to help you secure your visa before you travel. The firm assists individuals with their primary and complex legal matters. Gehi & Associates attorneys can also acknowledge any questions and assist with preparing anything you’ll need throughout the process.

For more information and advice on US immigration law and US visa applications please contact us  [Call icon] (718) 577-0711 or Email:  info@gehilaw.com or WhatsApp Us now @ +1 (917) 781-0791

 

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https://gehilaw.com/practice-areas/immigration-lawyer-nyc/

https://gehilaw.com/visa-types/

 

References:

  1. https://upgradedpoints.com/travel/4-basic-types-of-travel-visas/
  2. https://traveltips.usatoday.com/types-visas-travel-19314.html
H-1B visa approval rates are higher in FY21 as demand rises for tech talent in the U.S.

H-1B visa approval rates are higher in FY21 as demand rises for tech talent in the U.S.

 

Are you a foreign citizen working as a doctor, lawyer, architect, computer programmer, or research scientist?

If you have at least a baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree and your profession requires highly specialized skills, this visa may be the right one for you!

What is an H-1B Visa?

 The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant, employment-based visa approved by the USCIS only for individual professionals who are temporary workers looking to work in the U.S. for a particular employer. 

 An essential requirement for obtaining an H-1B visa is to ensure that the job qualifies as a “specialty occupation” such as computer professionals, architects, medical doctors (who have passed their USMLE exams), civil engineers, lawyers, researchers, and marketing professionals. 

Every year, up to 65,000 new H-1B visas are issued, with an additional 20,000 being available to those individuals who received a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education. To get this visa, the employer must offer such an employee in the U.S. and sponsor a petition with the U.S. Immigration Department. Once approved by USCIS, this petition can serve as a work permit for the mentioned employer.

 In June 2020, the U.S. Immigration Department overturned two policy memos relating to adjudicating some H-1B visa positions based on the settlement with the U.S.-based IT Industry Body, IT Serve Alliance.

 Recently, in F.Y. 2021, it is seen that the demand for H-1B visas for employees has increased, mainly focusing on technology talent. 

 According to the Economic Times, “Approval rates for H-1B visas in the quarter to June and in the first three quarters of the U.S. financial year were 98.1% and 97%. Respectively, compared to about 84% in 2018 and 2019 during the previous Donald Trump administration which had fallen during the Trump administration as the USCIS started rejecting a higher number of visa applications or asking for additional supporting documents to be submitted.”

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